Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Owners Unit - It's Looking Good!!

Like next door, we've made a lot of progress on the Owner's Unit.  These aren't quite 'Before & After' photos - think of them as 'Before & During', as the updated unit takes shape.  The Owner's Unit is the largest unit, with 3 bedrooms (2 up and 1 downstairs) and two baths.  Look how much we've changed it in the last few months.

The Living Room

We removed a wall and made a really big living room.  I've looked at lots and lots of houses in SoPo and this is one of the biggest living rooms I've seen.  It's over 25 feet long, with 6 windows that keep it light and bright (and the front window has this beautiful antique stained glass!).  Of course it will look even better when we don't have 2 kitchens worth of appliances sitting in there!

And see the large wall on the right?  It's perfect for a giant TV set (it's amazing how many men come to the Open House and look for that :-) ).   We left the original china cabinet, complete with glass doors and lots of drawers.  But we modernized it by adding a light to the top unit and will replace the wood shelves with glass, to give it some wow!

The Dining Room

We created this room from a first floor bedroom.   In the process, we opened it up into the kitchen, so the space really flows.  On the back wall, we were able to leave the closet for some extra storage space (because let's face it, you can never have too much storage space!).  I can already see it as the heart of the household - a place where kids do homework and the family gets together for dinner!

Ah, but you say, what about that tired old ceiling fan?  We have this fabulous Restoration Hardware light fixture going in here.  It can expand and contract, depending how big the table is!


After a lot of deliberating, we decided to take out the old cabinets and completely redo this kitchen.  It turned out to be a smart choice - the plaster cracked when we levelled the floors and we needed to run new plumbing and electric to meet current building codes.  With the wall open to the Dining Room, it suddenly feels much bigger and more integrated with the rest of the house.
And the most exciting find??  Look at those antique wood floors!  The new cabinets will hide the wonky space - and the rest is beautiful!

First Floor Bedroom

While it probably doesn't look like we did much in here, the plaster was so badly cracked, we had to remove all of the plaster and install new drywall.  So now we have perfectly smooth walls and will reinstall all the original trim.  Couple that with the beautiful maple floors and a freshly painted radiator and this will be a wonderful room!

First Floor Bathroom

What do you think?  It's changed a bit!!!  Just getting rid of the dark green walls has made a difference  But with the new tub, custom tile and soon to be new vanity and toilet, it's going to be fabulous!

Bedroom Number Two

First big change - farewell to that sad old ceiling fan!  Next, we added the Soundboard - to reduce noise between the two units.  And then we tore out the nasty old wall to wall carpet and refinished the floors.  What a difference!

The Master Suite

This is a big master suite.  There's room for a large bed and plenty of space for a couple of chairs to relax in, when the owners want to get away from it all downstairs.  Or, you could put a deck in the alcove and have a home office.
We didn't change much about the room itself, but we made a lot of updates to the adjoining spaces.  And they all have a big impact - for example, the new bigger bath skylight brings more light into the entire space.  See the difference below.

Yea.....the toilet in the middle of the room isn't a great touch :-)

See this fabulous new walk in closet?  We created it from unused attic space!  We will put closet rods all the way around, creating space for lots and lots of clothes (and that's a door to a very large crawl space, for storing lots more stuff)

This closet will be decked out with lots of closet rods - bring on that big wardrobe!

The mirror for petite people is gone - along with the formica sink top
The master bathroom lost a couple of walls, got a new, larger skylight and all new tile - complete with marble and glass mosaic insets.  I can't wait to get the new vanity and fixtures installed!

 See the mystery holes that were cut into the wall?  Turns out we had some leaking pipes.  But it's all fixed now and we have electrical for new light fixtures as well.
Remember the staircase off of the Master Bedroom - that ended 8 feet up in the air, above the backyard?  Well we removed that and now have a nice balcony, overlooking the backyard.

The perfect spot for a couple of chairs to enjoy your morning coffee!

We're really turned the corner - stay tuned as Waterhouse Builders does all the fancy woodwork.  Can't wait to see how it all comes together!

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1 comment:

  1. It looks amazing! I'm loving the master suite and the big living room. Glad you kept the china cabinet,it will look great with glass shelving. Thanks for posting often with lots of pics.


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